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Sydney Chaffee of Mass. Named 2017 National Teacher of the Year

AACTE congratulates 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee, who teaches 9th-grade humanities at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, Massachusetts. (See AACTE’s press release issued today.)

Chaffee, who has been a teacher for a decade, earned her bachelor’s degree in women’s history and writing from Sarah Lawrence College (NY) and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University (MA).

Jack Gillette, dean of the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University, commended Sydney’s accomplishments. “This recognition is a significant testament to Ms. Chafee’s relentless commitment to her students and her willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that all her students get the opportunity to reach their intellectual potential.”

Next week, Chaffee is scheduled to join the other three finalists and the other state teachers of the year at a White House recognition ceremony.


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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE

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